Amazing Music Videos: March of the pigs by Nine Inch Nails

Sometimes, less is more. Directed by Peter Christospherson, this video features an intense live performance by industrial alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails, filmed apparently in one take, in a bare room with white walls. Quite simple, in fact, but in such a minimalist setting, you absolutely can not fake your way through. You HAVE to be that good and to give it your all. And what can I say, it turned out great. It’s genuine. It’s noisy. It’s raw. It’s perfect.

Again, clearly you don’t necessarily need bling bling or oversized budgets to make a great video. What you need is a good idea, and to remain authentic.

Trent Reznor is slamming all over the place, into fellow musicians, throwing his mic around… and crew members keep coming in at just the right time so that everything can go smoothly. Great vid. Seeing it again makes me want to listen to their 90’s classic album “The downward spiral”. I bet, contrary to what some may have thought back then, that it has aged very well. Trent Reznor is a great songwriter and deserves to be recognized as such. I encourage you to listen closely to the lyrics and see for yourself!

 

 

 

Amazing Music Videos: I Wanna Rock/We’re Not Gonna Take it by Twisted Sister

I heard a few years ago that someone thought Christina Aguilera looked like Dee Snider from Twisted Sister in the Lady Marmelade video… Indeed we hadn’t seen that huge hair since the beloved Twisted Sister’ videos “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”… Rock! TadataTA, tadataTA (singing the guitar riffs here)…

Unlike glam rock bands who put on more make up and hair gel in one day than I ever will in my entire life, and of course end up looking like idiots, the guys from Twisted Sister actually look like total scary badasses dressed up like that, even with the purple make up. How did they manage to do this? Maybe it’s a question of attitude.

These two videos were MTV classics. No wonder. They’re rock anthems, they’re utterly stupid, and they allow kids to yell out their frustration towards school, parents, and pretty much anything irritating. We’re NOT gonna take it anymore. Yeah, so… take that! But what’s cool about these videos is that they are still enormously enjoyable today.

Ok, highlights, highlights… As far as “I Wanna Rock” is concerned, I’d say definitely the part where the kids are banging their heads on their lockers to the beat. And also when the evil teacher is forced to body surf. I had forgotten about the part where he actually tries to throw a grenade (?!) and to blow up the stage with dynamite… Oh well, all in good fun! Don’t try that at home kids. In “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, there’s the part when the evil dad gets blown out of the window by his kid’s strumming of the guitar, and then his wife just throws a bucket of water in his face, out of nowhere (twice!!). Then he throws himself into the wall (which looks like it’s made of cardboard – funny). That actor, by the way, is quite dedicated. During the iconic “what are you gonna do with your life” speaches, his face looks like it’s about to blow.

I know, you can’t wait to see it now. Let’s watch.

 

Come As You Are – Thoughts of Kurt Cobain

Just like every other teenager, twenty years ago, I heard the news of Kurt’s tragic death on TV and phoned my friends to share my disbelief. I kept hearing journalists say that “it didn’t come as a surprise” because he was a “drug addict” and such. I found this attitude very irritating and contemptuous. While we might never know what led to this tragedy as the circumstances surrounding his death are so obscure, it seems as though Kurt had been suffering both physically and psychologically for a long time, and fame accentuated it all. That saddens me. Usually, with time, you see things in a different light. Kurt would have probably felt at peace eventually, but he didn’t get any time. I wonder what songs he would have written if he was still with us.

I am twenty years older now but the “grunge” period left a profound mark on me. My way of thinking hasn’t really changed (although I may be less radical about it). I still think most things thrown at us are quite superficial and insignificant, and not worth risking your health and sanity over (if you can help it). But the few really important things in life, those must be treasured: strong relationships, worthy activities and accomplishments, and… good music.

I already posted a link to the amazing unplugged mythical performance of “Where did you sleep last night“, so here are Nevermind’s underrated “Lounge Act” and “Something in the way”, the classic “Come as you are”, and “Rape me” from In Utero.

AC/DC’s Kindly Deeds

Australian hard-rock band AC/DC has been around for 40 years now, entertaining a monstrous number of fans, as illustrated among other things by their 1991 “Thunderstruck” video. Back then, I was almost scared at the sight of that. I was still a kid though. It didn’t take too long for me to enjoy it.

Yup, no power ballads for these folks! Some see “arena rock anthems” as lesser rock songs, but as long as they’re good, that’s what really matters. And is there a song that rocks more than “Back in Black”?

AC/DC went through some tough times as well. After the tragic death of their friend/singer Bon Scott, the others members wondered if they would go on with the band, but finally chose to continue. Brian Johnson did really well as the new singer. Some people can’t even tell that there were two different singers, although, if you ask me, Johnson’s singing is a tad more high pitched…

Rock on!